Geography / Year 8 / Geographical Knowledge and Understanding / Unit 2: Changing nations

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Curriculum content descriptions

Differences in urban concentration and urban settlement patterns between Australia and the United States of America, and their causes and consequences (ACHGK055)

Elaborations
  • researching the causes of urban concentration in Australia and the United States of America (for example, the history of European settlement, migration, the export orientation of the economy, the centralisation of state governments, environmental constraints and the shape of transportation networks)
  • investigating the relationship between population density and proximity to urban centres
General capabilities
  • Numeracy Numeracy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
ScOT terms

Urbanisation,  Australia,  Population density (Society),  Urban areas,  Regional development

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Laptop wrap – urban growth and decline

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Victorian Heritage Database

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Protocol framework for urban design

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John Thomson's China II: illustrations of China and its people, photo albums, 1873-74 - visual narratives

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Case studies in urban design

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What is urban design?

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Self-guided trips

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Poverty and urbanisation

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GeogSpace: year 8 - exemplar

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Design principles about place: productivity and sustainability

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Environmental and Zoo Education Centres – high school resources

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Places we protect

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We live in a diverse world: Indonesia

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